Right of Way
The Florida Department of
Transportation (Department) is responsible for controlling ODA signs
on the National and State highway systems. The Department must control
the location, size, height, spacing and lighting of ODA signs but has
no authority to regulate the content of advertising messages on the
signs. The Outdoor Advertising regulatory program is based on federal
law and regulations as well as state statute and rule. Federal law is
set forth in the Highway Beautification Act while federal regulations
can be found at 23 C.F.R., Section 750. State laws are found in
Chapter 479, Florida Statutes. In addition to the state statutes, the
Department writes administrative rules to interpret the intent of the
statute for the general public.
Florida Administrative Code, is the Department's rule chapter which
governs outdoor advertising. Copies of the complete rule chapter may
be obtained from the Outdoor Advertising Office. Local governments often have their own
ordinances which regulate outdoor advertising in their community. The
Department cannot issue a permit for an outdoor advertising sign which
is not allowed by local ordinances.
Outdoor Advertising information is available from the Outdoor Advertising database. The database, featuring a search option for current permits, sign locations and other information, can be accessed at:
Please visit our Documents and Publications page to download forms and applications related to outdoor advertising.